The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), within the School of Social Sciences, has a research theme on Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers that in addition to other issues, investigates how religion, history, territoriality, political economy, militarization, democratization and resistance have contributed to a volatile politics that disconnects states and people.

Decolonizing the discourse on Kashmir poster

There is an explicit focus on engagement with communities and impacting upon public debates around these contentious subjects.

Kashmir is one such subject.

In light of the ongoing prevailing humanitarian crisis in Kashmir, various academics in the Centre for Study of Democracy have expressed their concerns for Kashmiris and the narrative circulated by the Indian state to justify the complete lockdown of Kashmir for over 50 days.

In an attempt to provide multiple perspectives on the same and challenge the dominant statist narrative, two doctoral researchers within the Centre for Study of Democracy, Amina Mir and Annapurna Menon, have organized a series of events that put the focus on a range of Kashmiri voices - academics, medical health professionals, journalists, lawyers and artists.

The events will include panel discussions, seminars and movie screenings - and we are open to suggestions, ideas and feedback. The introductory session will explain our ideas in more detail, introduce the sessions planned and work towards reclaiming and centring the Kashmiri narrative in an academic space.

About the speakers

Amina Mir is a doctoral researcher based at the Centre for Study of Democracy in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster. Her focus is on regional politics of the former state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Mirza Saaib Beg is a gold medalist graduate of NALSAR University of Law and regularly contributes through seminars, writing and organisation aimed at dialogue on legal and political issues of Kashmir. Over the last ten years, through various Kashmir advocacy groups that he runs across India, he has delivered guest lectures, seminars and talks on Kashmir at multiple universities, press clubs and groups across India.

Registration and location

This event is free and open to all. Members of the public are required to register at least 24 hours before the event. Please contact Amina Mir and Annapurna Menon for registration and more details.

The event will take place at the University of Westminster, Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells Street, W1T 3UW

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